Second World War motorcycle despatch rider celebrates 60 years of helping Dunmow community
PUBLISHED: 09:21 13 August 2018
A 94-year-old who delivered messages on a motorcycle in the Second World War has celebrated 60 years in Dunmow Rotary Club.
Tom Cowell, who worked as a treasurer for Dunmow Rural District Council for 30 years and lives in Tilty, a village near Great Easton, has lived in the area all his life and was a motorcycle despatch rider during the invasion of Sicily in 1943.
Mr Cowell said: “I had an invitation to join [rotary] and I never regretted it. I enjoy the fellowship and working in the community. We try to give help where it’s needed.”
Mr Cowell said Uttlesford “hasn’t changed that much over the years”.
He said: “I suppose transport is the difference. Local events used to be supported, especially by younger people. Now everybody’s got a car and they travel further.”
He added that he initially objected to women joining the club and thought it was a “man’s organisation” but has now changed his mind.
Mr Cowell said anyone interested in joining the Dunmow Rotary Club should contact the club’s secretary, Roger Hammond on 01279 871208 .